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Arizona sees new highs in COVID-19 ventilator, ICU bed use

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Posted at 10:03 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 17:45:26-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is reporting all-time highs in coronavirus patients using ventilators and occupying beds in intensive-care units.

The state Department of Health Services said 671 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators and 936 were in intensive care as of Sunday.

Hospitals were hovering around 90% capacity.

Health officials have reported 1,357 confirmed COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths.

The state became one of the nation's coronavirus hot spots in May after Gov. Doug Ducey relaxed stay-at-home orders and other restrictions.

A federal judge heard arguments Monday in a fitness chain's challenge to Ducey's order shutting down gyms, bars and water parks until at least July 27.